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April 13, 2014

Getting their work in

Rams play four pitchers, reserves in playoff-clinching 14-6 win over Diamond Hill

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The beauty of these four Rams getting game time on the mound is they were all able to keep their pitch counts relatively low, leading Barrick to say that his rotation will not be affected and every pitcher will be available for the Rams' upcoming game against Springtown.

The three relief pitchers each threw around 35 pitches, while Rapp topped out at only around 50 throws in three innings. 

"We throw a 45-to-50-pitch bullpen all the time, so, really we're wide open," Barrick said. "We'll see how it goes. I'll talk to Coach Burns this weekend and we'll see how we want to attack the last three (district games), because that's the key.  We're in the playoffs now, so all we have to worry about is fighting for that district championship, and it still has to come through Mineral Wells."

Among the reserves that saw playing time were Tanner Newsom, Brayden Garcia, Tyler Radford and Justyn Lee. Each contributed to the Rams' second strong offensive outing in a row that will serve as a building block for Mineral Wells' three most important games of the season. 

Mason was a force at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. But no one hit for contact like Allen, who was 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.

In all, seven Rams hit for extra bases, as Newsom, Rapp, Kissinger, Cameron Bullock and Chris Ortiz each joined Mason and Allen eating imaginary soup on base after big hits.

"Offensively, we just backed up a good game with another good game," Barrick said. "That's a positive, because we're going to need the bats to come alive in these last three. It was a good game for us. We got a lot of good work."

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